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BIM based virtual environment for fire emergency evacuation

Wang, Bin, Li, Haijiang, Rezgui, Yacine, Bradley, Alex and Ong, Hoang 2014. BIM based virtual environment for fire emergency evacuation. The Scientific World Journal 2014 , 589016. 10.1155/2014/589016

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Abstract

Recent building emergency management research has highlighted the need for the effective utilization of dynamically changing building information. BIM (building information modelling) can play a significant role in this process due to its comprehensive and standardized data format and integrated process. This paper introduces a BIM based virtual environment supported by virtual reality (VR) and a serious game engine to address several key issues for building emergency management, for example, timely two-way information updating and better emergency awareness training. The focus of this paper lies on how to utilize BIM as a comprehensive building information provider to work with virtual reality technologies to build an adaptable immersive serious game environment to provide real-time fire evacuation guidance. The innovation lies on the seamless integration between BIM and a serious game based virtual reality (VR) environment aiming at practical problem solving by leveraging state-of-the-art computing technologies. The system has been tested for its robustness and functionality against the development requirements, and the results showed promising potential to support more effective emergency management.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Publisher: Hindawi
ISSN: 2356-6140
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2017 05:55
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/63395

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